A couple things: It wasn't my sources who said there was mutual interest. That came from the Louisville 247sports.com reporter. In general, nobody is going to out anonymous sources in a situation like this.
Second, I missed the part where Odom denied it right away. I reached out to Odom immediately after the Louisville reporter reported there was mutual interest and I didn't hear back from Odom for a full 24 hours. So, no, he let that report and speculation simmer for more than a day before replying to me that he wasn't interested in Louisville. In the meantime, Mizzou was blindsided by the Louisville report. Again, Odom's public denial didn't come for a full 24 hours.
If Odom doesn't have leverage, technically Sterk doesn't have a logical reason to give him a raise. But based on the market for coaching salaries, especially in this league, it's fair to say Odom has outperformed his contract. If Sterk doesn't want to run into this situation every year, you can make a case he should give his coach a bump in salary. The other salaries in the league are only going to rise. If I'm Odom and his agent, I want to see my buyout increased, too. Right now, it's incredibly cheap for Mizzou to fire him. I'd want more security built into the contract.